New Mexico Women Claim Team Title at 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championships

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The New Mexico women captured the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championship title in Louisville, Kentucky at the Tom Sawyer State Park on Saturday, November 21, 2015. The Lobos became the first Mountain West institution to win a national title in Cross Country since former MW member, BYU’s women won the title three times (1999, 2001, and 2002).  

New Mexico’s women scored a total of 49 points, the third-lowest women’s team score in Division I NCAA Cross Country Championship history and the lowest team score at nationals since 1982. It also marks the lowest national title team score in the Mountain West.  All five Lobo scorers placed in the top 25 to lead the team to the fifth-largest margin of victory, posting 80 points less than the runner-up in team standings.

Boise State Freshman Allie Ostrander was runner-up in the NCAA Cross Country Championship completing the 6K course in a time of 19:33.6.  Ostrander’s finish matches the best finish by a Mountain West runner at the national meet since former Boise State competitor Emma Bates was runner-up in 2013 as a junior. Ostrander’s top time guided the Broncos to an 11th place finish in team standings with 330 points, their best team finish at the national meet since joining the league in 2011.

Individually, Air Force senior Hannah Everson placed 22nd with a time of 20:15.5 on the 6K course.  Colorado State sophomore Darby Gilfillan finished in a time of 21:15.7 for 159th in the 254-runner field.

On the men’s side, Colorado State’s Jefferson Abbey was the MW’s top individual completing the 10K in a time of 30:05.3 for 13th place.  Teammate Jerrell Mock finished 19th with a course time of 30:10.3.  Air Force teammates Kyle Eller and Patrick Corona finished 28th and 115th posting times of 30:17.3 and 31:06.6 in the field of 252 competitors.

Boise State’s top finisher for the men’s team was MW Freshman of the Year, Elijah Armstrong, who placed 70th with a 10K time of 30:43.9. His finish helped the Broncos to 16th place in team standings.

                                                                                                                     
2015 NCAA WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY ALL-AMERICAN HONOREES
Pl.     NameClassInstitution
  2      Allie Ostrander
Fr.Boise State
  4      Courtney FrerichsSr.New Mexico
  5      Alice WrightR-So.New Mexico
  9      Brenna PeloquinFr.Boise State
13      Rhona AucklandJr.New Mexico
15      Calli Thackery
Sr.New Mexico
22      Hannah EversonSr.Air Force
24      Molly RenferSr.New Mexico
                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                     
2015 NCAA MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY ALL-AMERICAN HONOREES
Pl.     NameClassInstitution
13      Jefferson Abbey
R-Jr.Colorado State
19      Jerrell MockR-So.Colorado State
28      Kyle EllerSr.Air Force